HOUSTON – A veteran high school football coach was jumped by an angry parent after a playoff game Friday night, according to police.
Spring Branch ISD police say Manuel DeLeon, 34, attacked 68-year-old David Aymond.
"He grabbed him in the neck upper area here and just pushed him down," said Spring Branch ISD Police Chief Chuck Brawner.
Brawner said officers had to pull DeLeon off of the coach. He was handcuffed and hauled off to jail on a charge of injury to the elderly.
Coach Aymond’s North Shore Mustangs had just lost their playoff game against Cy-Fair at Tully Stadium.
Brawner said DeLeon was angry that his son didn’t play more.
"Apparently, the father felt that if his son had been utilized more they could have won the game," Brawner said.
"Oh my God, that is so sad to hear," said Sandra Zamarripa, a North Shore parent. "It’s supposed to be a sport. You’re not supposed to take it serious."
"I think that’s terrible. I really do," said Red Mabry, a North Shore grandparent. "Coaches have to have a free line to do their stuff. They can go about it in an organized way if they don’t like the coach."
"I think that’s crazy. What kind of people live in this world?" asked North Shore student Nicholas Kaleb.
Aymond is a Texas high school football legend with more than 200 wins. His North Shore Mustangs were state champs in 2003. Five former Mustangs are currently playing in the NFL.
He suffered bumps and bruises in the attack, but was back at work Monday.
The coach didn’t want to comment, but Galena Park ISD issued the following written statement: "The North Shore Mustang football program has enjoyed great success under Coach Aymond. While the loss in the playoffs was disappointing, attacking a coach was in no way justified. It is regrettable this parent made such a poor decision. Coach Aymond is at work as usual today and will continue to prepare each and every athlete for success on and off the football field."